Originally a city solicitor, Aqeel joined Chambers in 2018. Aqeel is a busy practitioner and enjoys a diverse practice that encompasses many areas of Chambers’ specialisms, with particular expertise in general crime, regulatory and asset forfeiture, and commercial law. He has acted for clients in the High Court, County Court, Crown Court and before the Parole Board. Aqeel is instructed both as an advocate and in an advisory capacity.
Before transferring to the Bar, he spent five years at city law firm Simmons & Simmons, with the last three of those years as an associate in their market leading financial services practice. During this time, Aqeel worked on a number of complex and high-profile matters for banks, investment funds and other financial institutions.
Aqeel completed his undergraduate degree in law from King’s College London and holds an LLM in international law from the New York University School of Law. Aqeel has been a member of the New York Bar since 2013.
Aqeel has a strong criminal practice, appearing for both the defence and prosecution in predominately the Crown Court. His experience covers a wide range of offences, including those involving violence, sexual offences, fraud, money laundering, public disorder and drugs. He has experience representing young defendants and dealing with young and vulnerable witnesses.
Aqeel recently concluded a trial at Blackfriars Crown Court where his client was charged with s.18 wounding with intent in a case that involved issues of causation after the complainant subsequently contracted necrotising fasciitis. After a six-day trial, the jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts on five of the six counts on the indictment. The jury had already returned a directed not guilty verdict on count 5 after a successful half time submission.
Aqeel has experience in dealing with POCA confiscation matters, including ancillary issues such as restraint, contempt and cash forfeiture. He has acted for the prosecution and defence at all stages of asset recovery proceedings, from contested confiscation through to enforcement and receivership. Aqeel regularly advises on, and assists in, the preparation of written statements for the purposes of asset recovery proceedings. He was recently involved in judicial review proceedings where the making of an asset freezing order under POCA was being challenged.
Aqeel also prosecutes and defends in regulatory crime, and is on the “C Panel” list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates.
Aqeel appears on behalf of various police forces in applications for civil preventative orders such as sexual harm prevention orders, sexual risk orders, criminal behaviour orders (formerly ASBOs), and closure orders. Accordingly, he is also well placed to advise and represent defendants facing such applications.
Aqeel acts for claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence matters on the fast-track and the multi-track. He also has a busy paper-based practice, offering advice on liability and quantum. Aqeel is part of the Chambers list of specialist advocates tasked with representing claimants in Animal Act cases.
Aqeel also accepts instructions to act as a representative at inquests.
Aqeel’s previous career as a city solicitor has led him to be instructed in a number of commercial disputes on both the fast and multi-tracks.
Aqeel has wide-ranging experience in family law matters. He represents Local Authorities, parents and Guardians in public family proceedings, as well as parties in private family law and financial disputes. He has appeared in cases before the County Court and the High Court.
Aqeel has appeared in cases with jurisdictional issues including a public law case involving a foreign politician and a private law case involving a forced marriage protection order.